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Is there a way to convert a standard channel to private channel?

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I can see the option to create a private channel but I don't see a way to convert/set an existing standard channel into a private channel.

Is this not possible?

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Best Response confirmed by Juan Carlos González Martín (MVP)
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Hi Sergio, As of now, it's not possible. You can only render private new channels. That's what I see on my side anyway.
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This will be important feature because channel usage may change. I hope this will be added to Teams in near future. 

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To add as to why this is important:
I have a private team that I needed to add members but to a single channel.
This is not possible so I made the team Public with the expectation I wouldn't lose the functionality to make channels private.
I now cannot make a channel private with the additional members.
My choices are to have my team open which I do not want. Or add these members for all channels into my private team which is also not ideal.
Teams needs to make this as flexible as possible if they want to support the various configurations and cross functional sharing that organizations need today.
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well said..

 

i find this very annoying now that i added new members to team but dont want them to have access to all channels

when is the fix coming

 

@JLK2004 

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@costa2020 @JLK2004 

 

The way to get your feedback to the product group is through uservoice, as it allows them to balance and prioritise the next developments. Try to give as much detail as possible as it helps them understand the business value.

 

https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/38974249-make-public-channel-p...

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@costa2020 There will never be a "fix" for this.  nothing is broken.  Teams stores all your files in a SharePoint doc library created for that team.  Normally all channels will have it's own folder in the Team SP doc library.  But with private channels the files must have different permissions.  So to accomplish this a different site collection is created for the private channel providing it with it's own SP doc library with it's own set of permissions.  

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@Jamie Swindall, we could care less about the semantics of 'broken' and 'fix' or the technicalities of WHERE the files are stored.

The fact of the matter is that a functionality is missing, and not having it results in a very poor product experience.

 

This feature must be supported and we will vote to help ensure it is. 

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@AB321 I agree - we need this feature added as Teams and processes change, so we need to be able to take a channel private if the use case for the team/channel changes.

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I also would like to express that this feature to be able to edit a channel from public to private would be very important. I have also had some frustration from not being able to edit this. At the very least perhaps you include some messaging when setting up a channel that this is an irreversible selection.  Adjusting this feature as soon as possible would be much appreciated. Thank you  @Goforit5 

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@Jamie Swindall I'm always amazed when a software company justifies a bad user experience by explaining the underlying limitations of their design which they did not properly address. Nobody cares about the poor design choices made on the backend. What people do care about is a user experience that actually works. I, like many, have been anxiously awaiting private teams since it was a gaping hole in product, as even Microsoft would finally admit. Now we discover that, well, it's pretty much useless, because it requires you to manually replace every single Team/Channel/Sharepoint in order to achieve anything useful ... if you want to use it, you're pretty much starting from scratch.

 

How exactly did MS envision existing customers migrate to private channels ? ... sorry, silly to assume the question was actually asked and discussed.

 

Instead of justifying short-sighted design choices, MS needs to come up with a plan for how they can allow existing Teams/Channels to be seamlessly (i.e., automatically, not manual content forklifts) converted to private such that new private or public channels can be added.

 

Took years to deliver, and still useless. Wishing we would have just stuck with Slack.

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100% agree kstearns comment. This is a silly limitation.
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@ChristianRoy I add my voice to the others that we need the ability to convert channels once they are created.

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Especially when you lose the name of the channel when it's deleted. Converting to private should be easy and simple. Just drop the messages from public and limit members from previous posts.